Emirates Skywards Selling Miles For 35% Off

Emirates Skywards Selling Miles For 35% Off

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Up to a 35% discount on purchased miles January 11, 2022 January 20, 2022
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Strategically buying miles & points can represent a great deal, especially for luxury travel. Emirates Skywards has just launched its latest sale on purchased miles. While this isn’t personally how I’d choose to acquire Emirates Skywards miles, this offer is at least worth covering.

Promotion on purchased Emirates Skywards miles

Through 11:59PM GST on Thursday, January 20, 2022, Emirates Skywards is offering a sale on purchased miles. While it’s possible that different accounts may be targeted for different offers, it appears that the standard version of the offer is for a 35% discount. With this deal, you can unlock the 35% discount as long as you purchase at least 5,000 miles in one transaction.

How much does it cost to purchase Emirates Skywards miles?

Emirates Skywards ordinarily charges 3.0 cents per purchased mile, including all taxes and fees. That’s before any discounts or bonuses. If you’re eligible for the 35% discount and maxed out this promotion, you’d receive a total of 100,000 miles at a cost of $1,950, which is a rate of 1.95 cents per Skywards mile.

Emirates offers promotions on purchased miles every so often, and this is a bit better than the offers we’ve otherwise seen in recent months.

How many Emirates Skywards miles can you purchase?

Emirates Skywards limits members to purchasing 100,000 miles per account per calendar year, before any additional bonuses. One other thing to be aware of is that you’re only eligible for Emirates Skywards promotions on purchased miles if you have at least some activity in your Skywards account.

Furthermore, it can take up to 48 hours for purchased miles to post to your account.

Emirates Skywards is offering a promotion on buying miles

Which credit card should you buy Emirates Skywards miles with?

Emirates Skywards mileage purchases are processed by points.com, meaning they don’t count as an airfare purchase for the purposes of credit card spending. Therefore I’d recommend using a card on which you’re trying to reach minimum spending, or otherwise a credit card that maximizes your return on everyday spending.

In this case the best option is the Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card (review) or Capital One Venture X Rewards Credit Card (review), which offer 2x miles and have no foreign transaction fees. Usually the Chase Freedom Unlimited® (review) or Citi® Double Cash Card (review) would also be good options for maximizing everyday spending, but the cards have foreign transaction fees, so wouldn’t be a good option in this case.

Is buying Emirates Skywards miles worth it?

Emirates Skywards doesn’t have an award chart, but rather has a redemption calculator that will tell you how many miles you’ll need for a ticket.

Back in 2020, Emirates Skywards miles became more valuable, as the carrier eliminated carrier imposed surcharges. Then again, just recently the program eliminated the discount for booking roundtrip awards vs. one-ways, but there are still great deals to be had. You’re generally going to find the best value booking premium cabin awards, so to give you some examples of pricing:

  • New York to Milan or Newark to Athens one-way will cost you 62,500 miles in business class, 85,000 miles in first class
  • Los Angeles to Dubai one-way will cost you 113,750 miles in business class, 155,000 miles in first class

In many situations booking through the Skywards program is the best value, though there are other options as well, like booking through Japan Airlines Mileage Bank (however, some partner programs have restricted access to first class awards).

Redeem Skywards miles for Emirates business class awards

Arguably the best kept secret of Emirates Skywards miles is the ability to redeem them for upgrades. On the day of departure you get last seat availability for upgrades (at the airport or onboard), and you can even upgrade award tickets with miles. This is an opportunity not offered by any other airline.

Redeem Skywards miles for Emirates first class upgrades

When it comes to redeeming on partner airlines, Emirates Skywards doesn’t have many great partner redemption opportunities. The one exception is being able to redeem for travel in JetBlue Mint at an attractive cost.

Skywards doesn’t have many good partner airline redemption rates

How much are Emirates Skywards miles worth?

Everyone will value mileage currencies differently, but personally I value Emirates Skywards miles at 1.2 cents each. I tend to value miles pretty conservatively, and there are many ways to get more value from Emirates Skywards than that.

Do Emirates Skywards miles expire?

Emirates Skywards miles are valid for a minimum of three years from the date they are earned. Specifically, they expire at the end of the end of the month of the member’s birthday in three years. There’s no way to extend the validity of Skywards miles, so they do have to be redeemed within that timeframe.

What other ways to earn Emirates Skywards miles?

Emirates Skywards is transfer partners with all major transferable points currencies, including Amex Membership Rewards, Chase Ultimate Rewards, Citi ThankYou, and Capital One, so there are lots of ways to earn Skywards miles. Sometimes we even see transfer bonuses, which can improve the value proposition of transferring points even further.

Personally I value most transferable points currencies at ~1.7 cents each, though everyone has a different valuation. Some people with transferable points may prefer to accrue Skywards miles that way, while others may prefer to buy Skywards miles outright with an offer like this, and save those points for other redemptions.

On top of that, Emirates has co-branded credit cards in the United States that you can earn Skywards miles with.

Bottom line

Emirates has just launched its latest promotion on purchased Skywards miles. You can receive a 35% discount on purchased Skywards miles, which is an opportunity to buy miles for 1.95 cents each.

If you have a specific premium cabin redemption or upgrade in mind then I’d say this deal could represent a good value. However, there are lots of other ways to earn Skywards miles if you have access to credit cards, so I’d personally pursue one of those methods first.

Does anyone plan on buying Emirates Skywards miles with this promotion?

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    The promotion is not working

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